We are pleased to welcome five new Trustees to the Forever Manchester Board.

Over sixty people applied to join the Forever Manchester Board of Trustees when the post was advertised over the Christmas and New Year period, giving the existing trustees an extremely difficult but exciting dilemma to deal with. After days of interviews and deliberation the charity is delighted to announce the appointments of Carl Austin-Behan OBE, Zoe Philips, Chris Brooks, Rebecca Durrant and Nic Edmondson to the Board.

The new trustees join Al Mackin (Chair), Sandy Lindsay MBE (Vice Chair), Sam Booth and Claire Ebrey.

Speaking of the new appointments Al Mackin said:

“We’re delighted to bring in new faces to compliment the skills of the current board. The wealth of experience, talent and enthusiasm we now have on the board gives me huge confidence as Forever Manchester enters another exciting period in its 34-year history.”

Since Forever Manchester was established in 1989 the charity has delivered over £59 million into local communities. All of the money raised for Forever Manchester is used to fund and support local community projects every year. Last year we were proud to distribute £2.1 million to fund and support 1,297 community activities across Greater Manchester.

Forever Manchester continues to go from strength-to-strength across all aspects of the charity.

In addition to the growing number of local businesses that support us, the number of people giving up their time to go the extra mile and raise money for us, is also increasing year-on-year.

Our Awards Team continues to provide daily support to help a broad and diverse range of community groups. They also promote the different funding programmes that we provide, and process thousands of applications every year.

Our Community Building Team, whose main aim is to leave a more connected community than it was before, have recently began working in new areas of Hag Fold in Wigan, and the Lancashire Hill area of Stockport, following a hugely successful couple of years working in Ardwick and Wythenshawe.

Our Forever Consulting Team, who provide social and economic research and consultancy services with enthusiasm, integrity and creativity, is growing exponentially with the team doubling in size in the last 12 months.

Forever Manchester’s nine trustees have committed to acting collectively to govern the charity, ensuring we fulfil our purpose and mission. They will work closely with the Forever Manchester team to agree and evaluate the organisation’s strategy, safeguard our reputation, and ensure we’re well run, financially stable, and that our funds are properly invested. They provide advice and support to the charity’s staff, especially on matters relating to their areas of expertise.

Date added: 25th April 2023